Structuring Distressed M&A Deals: Regulating the Unregulated Opportunistic Behaviour

Tanuj Agarwal, Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad

All intelligent investing is value investing, acquiring more that you are paying for.

-Charlie Munger

(Vice-Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway)

Merger & Acquisition (M&A) deals have witnessed robust challenges, firmly because of financial distress posed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Where the companies have observed their all-time high valuations and market capitalisation in a momentous bull market, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to the deterioration of the commercial activities and financial market to a great extent. Many desirable and credit-worthy companies are unable to discharge their financial obligation owing to the economic fallout. This will surge the M&A activity in these financially distressed companies.

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Restructuring and Anti- Takeover Restructuring Measures to Protect MSME Sector: One Step Forward?

Shatakshi Tripathi, Symbiosis Law School, Pune

As India’s GDP contracts by 23.9% in the first fiscal of this financial year, it does not come as a surprise that businesses continue to suffer the collateral damage of the COVID pandemic. With crumbling market conditions, active measures have been adopted by the Governments, across the globe, to pacify the increasing distress in the economy. The Indian Government also adopted various measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID crisis, especially on the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (“MSME”). Amongst other fiscal measures, the struggling MSME sector gained its first sigh of relief through the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (“CII”) idea to set-up a COVID Rehabilitation and Relief Fund to provide direct monetary assistance to the MSMEs. Along with this, the CII also recommended various measures, inter alia, an extension of bank loans, a special fund, steps regarding the filing of GST and improving the welfare of workers etc. that were necessary to tide in MSME’s through the pandemic. In this article, the author analyzes the measures adopted to protect the MSME sector, with a special focus on the debt restructuring measures and safeguards against opportunistic takeovers.

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Disclosure Regime: SAT lays down parameters for timely disclosures

Gaurav Pingle, Practising Company Secretary and Renucka Vaiddya, Research Associate, Gaurav Pingle & Associates

The ‘Principles Governing Disclosures and Obligations of Listed Entity’ have been prescribed in Chapter II, Regulation 4 of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015. According to the provisions, a listed entity shall provide adequate and timely information to recognized stock exchange(s) and investors. However, what is adequate information is not very easy to determine and prescribe. It is very subjective – depending upon the nature of the transaction, the volume of transaction, and the company. Further, the Regulations provide that a listed entity shall refrain from misrepresentation and ensure that the information provided to recognized stock exchange(s) and investors is not misleading. A listed entity shall make the specified disclosures and follow its obligations in letter and spirit taking into consideration the interest of all stakeholders. The listed entity is also under an obligation to abide by all the provisions of the applicable laws including the securities laws and also such other guidelines as may be issued from time to time by SEBI and the recognised stock exchange(s) in this regard and as may be applicable.

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